Firearms are involved in 0.5% of accidental deaths nationally, compared to motor vehicles (37%), poisoning (22%), falls (17%), suffocation (5%), drowning (2.9%), fires (2.5%), medical mistakes (1.7%), environmental factors (1.3%), and pedal cycles (0.7%). Among children: motor vehicles (41%), suffocation (21%), drowning (15%), fires (8%), pedal cycles (2%), poisoning (2%), falls (1.9%), environmental factors (1.5%), firearms (1.1%) and medical mistakes (1%).
Two more mountain lions were harvested in Zone 1 on 11/12/2010, which met our predetermined quota of 10 for Zone 1.Â Therefore, the mountain lion hunting season in Zone 1 is now closed; Zone 2 will remain open until March 31st.Â The details of the last two harvested mountain lions are below:
#9 (M61) was a 1-2 year old male mountain lion weighing 90 pounds.Â M61 was harvested Â in Dunn County north of Dunn Center.
#10 (F62) was a 5-6 year old female mountain lion weighing 126 pounds (largest female on record in ND).Â F62 was harvested in McKenzie County approximately 13 miles west of Grassy Butte.
North Dakota mountain lion quota zone has been filled. The10th mountain lion in quota zone has been taken. Rest of state remains open
North Dakotaâ€™s eighth mountain lion was taken in zone 1. If two more are taken from zone 1 before March 31, 2011, the quota of 10 will have been reached and the season within zone 1 will close immediately.
When the final lion is taken, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department will notify media outlets via a press release announcing the close of the season in zone 1. Hunters can also check the number of lions taken in zone 1 by accessing the Game and Fish Department website atÂ gf.nd.gov.
Zone 1 includes land south of ND Highway 1804 from the Montana border to the point where ND Highway 1804 lies directly across Lake Sakakawea from ND Highway 8, crossing Lake Sakakawea then south along ND Highway 8 to ND Highway 200, then west on ND Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 85, then south on U.S. Highway 85 to the South Dakota border.
Zone 2, with no quota, is the remainder of the state and is open through March 31, 2011.
The mountain lion season is open only to North Dakota residents. A furbearer or combination license is required.
Planning a winter ice fishing tournament?
Organizers planning fishing tournaments, including ice fishing contests this winter, are reminded to submit an application to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department at least 30 days prior to the start of the event.
The 30-day advance notice allows for review by agency staff to ensure no negative impacts will result from the proposed tournament, and there are no conflicts with other proposed tournaments for the same location and/or time.
Tournaments may not occur without first obtaining a valid permit from the department.
In addition, the number of open-water tournaments on lakes Sakakawea and Oahe, the Missouri River and Devils Lake are capped each year, depending upon the time of the year and location. Tournament sponsors for these water bodies must submit their application to the department prior to Feb. 1 to ensure full consideration.
The mountain lion quota is at 5 out of 10 taken. Here’s a little more on the last three taken:
#3 (F55) was a 3-4 year old female mountain lion weighing 78 lbs.Â F55 was shot Â in south-central McKenzie County near the Little Missouri River on 11/04/2010.
#4 (M56) was a 1-2 year old male mountain lion weighing 99 lbs.Â M56 was shot Â west of Whitetail Campground, on 11/06/2010.
#5 (F57) was a 2-3 year old female mountain lion weighing 93 lbs.Â F57 was shot by Â in northwest Dunn County Â on 11/07/2010.
Inevitably the follow up reports from opening deer hunting include hunter accidents and safety issues. But what bothers me is the tens of thousands of SAFE hunters are left scrambling to explain that hunting IS an extremely safe outdoor activity. I just don’t get it. A tree stand floor falters and it’s news. But if a guy falls off his roof cleaning leaves from the gutters, does anyone care? Or should they?
An accidental discharge injury often is a result of assuming the gun is not loaded, losing control of the muzzle or another hunter safety rule. But if a guy falls down and cuts himself with a knife in the kitchen, is that trip to the ER cause for concern?
Don’t get me wrong we all need to stay safe outdoors but don’t let the handful of reports overshadow around 500,000 thousand Minnesota and around 80,000 North Dakota hunters this year will continue to keep the tradition of safe and fun deer hunting.
The Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge deer gun season opens on Friday November 5, 2010at noon. No one, including Tewaukon Refuge tag holders, may enter the Refuge before noon.Anyone with a 2G2 unit antlerless tag may hunt the Refuge and the rest of 2G2 for the entire16 Â½ day season. Hunters still need a Tewaukon Refuge antlered permit to hunt antlered deeron the Refuge. Refuge antlered permit hunters may also hunt anywhere within unit 2G2 for theseason.
The Tewaukon Refuge is also open to youth with a valid deer tag. Adults accompanying youthhunters may not carry a firearm unless the adult has a permit that is valid for the Refuge.
Refuge hunters often ask about hunting with other people on the Refuge. The only peoplethat can be on the Refuge are hunters with a youth tag, a 2G2 antlerless deer tag or an antleredRefuge deer tag. A child may accompany a parent or guardian to learn the finer points abouthunting, but they may not be used as beaters a half mile away from an adult. If you filled yourRefuge antlered or 2G2 antlerless tag, you can continue to walk with the rest of your party, butyou may not carry a gun.
Remember, there are no other species that can be legally hunted on the Refuge at this time.
The Refuge is a walk-in hunt only, which includes retrieving your deer. A cart or sled to getyour deer to the road is an excellent tool to have along. There are several hunter parking areaslocated around the Refuge for hunters to leave their vehicles. Hunters arenâ€™t required to park indesignated areas, but they should not block township and county roads or Refuge trails.
We encourage Refuge hunters to become familiar with all Refuge and State Game and Fishregulations regarding the 2010 deer gun season. Bright orange Refuge Visitor Informationpamphlets that outline Refuge regulations are available at the Refuge office and in the outdoorkiosks near the office, the east end picnic area, and at Sprague Lake.
The Refuge Point road is closed starting November 1and the ice on Lake Tewaukon is closed toall hunting.
If you have any questions or are a person with specific needs please call the Refuge office at701-724-3598. The office is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 – 4:30 p.m. We wish everyone asuccessful and safe hunting season.
Aerial observations during the North Dakota Game and Fish Departmentâ€™s fall mule deer survey indicated production was similar to last year.
Bruce Stillings, big game biologist in Dickinson, said observers who accompanied pilots in fixed-wing planes counted 1,613 (1,528 in 2009) mule deer in the October demographic survey. While the buck-to-doe ratio of 0.45 (0.54 in 2009) was similar to the long-term average of 0.43 bucks per doe, the fawn-to-doe ratio of 0.72 (0.74 in 2009) equaled the lowest on record, and was well below the long-term average of 0.94 fawns per doe. This yearâ€™s fawn production was the same as in 1997, following one of the worst winters on record.
The fall aerial survey, conducted specifically to study demographics, covers 24 study areas and 306 square miles in western North Dakota. Biologists survey the same study areas in the spring of each year to determine a population index.
Like most I’m looking forward to Friday…the 2010 North Dakota deer opener. Here’s some of the top questions coming in.
Deer Season Questions and Answers
Every year the North Dakota Game and Fish Department receives questions from deer hunters who want to clarify rules and regulations. Some common questions are listed below. Hunters with further questions are encouraged to call the department at (701) 328-6300, from 8 a.m. â€“ 5 p.m. weekdays, or access theÂ hunting link at the departmentâ€™s website,Â gf.nd.gov.
What licenses do I need for deer gun season? A fishing, hunting, and furbearer certificate, the general game and habitat stamp or a combination license, and the deer license. Gratis license holders need only the gratis license.
I received a lottery license, and I own land in another unit. Can I hunt on my land in the other unit with my lottery license? Only if the unit in which your land is located adjoins the unit in which you have the lottery license.
Can I use my first season license during the muzzleloader season? No. The first season license may be used only for the regular deer gun season.
When can additional concurrent season licenses be used? Hunters possessing these unfilled antlerless deer licenses can use them during the archery season with a bow; the deer gun season with a bow, rifle, or muzzleloader; or during the muzzleloader season with a muzzleloader. These licenses must be used for antlerless deer only, and hunters must stay in the unit to which the license is assigned.
I canâ€™t find my deer license. What should I do? You must obtain anÂ application for a duplicate license from the Game and Fish Department â€“ by calling (701) 328-6300 or printing it off the website atÂ gf.nd.gov â€“ or from a county auditor. Fill out the form, have it notarize and return it to the Department along with a fee. You may not hunt without the deer license in your possession.
Can hunters age 12 or 13 purchase and use additional concurrent season antlerless licenses during the regular deer gun season? No, 12- and 13-year-olds are limited to a single antlerless whitetail license valid only during the dates of the youth deer season. However, they can still purchase concurrent licenses for use with a bow in the archery season.
Can hunters ages 14 or 15 purchase and use additional concurrent season antlerless licenses during the regular deer gun season? Yes, but hunters must stay within the unit to which the license is assigned.
Can hunters age 14 or 15 who did not harvest a deer with a youth season license hunt the regular deer gun season with this license? Yes, but you are subject to the restrictions listed on the license.
I was unsuccessful in filling my mule deer buck license in a restricted unit during the youth season. Can I hunt the remainder of the state during the regular gun season? No. You are restricted to the same unit as during the youth season.
I shot a deer, but it is rotten. What can I do? You must take possession of the animal by tagging it. A license only allows you the opportunity to hunt. It is not a guarantee to harvest a deer, or to the quality of the animal.
What should I do if I find a wounded deer? Contact a game warden. Do not shoot the deer unless you want to tag it, or are instructed by the warden to do so.
Is camouflage blaze orange acceptable for the deer gun season? No. You must wear both a hat and outer garment above the waistline totaling at least 400 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange.
I hunt with a bow. When do I have to wear orange? During the regular deer gun season you must wear orange. During the muzzleloader season, however, bowhunters do not need to wear orange.
Can I hunt road rights-of-way? Do not hunt on road rights-of-way unless you are certain they are open to public use. Most road rights-of-way are under control of the adjacent landowner and are closed to hunting when the adjacent land is posted closed to hunting.
Can I retrieve a wounded deer from posted land? If the deer was shot on land where you had a legal right to be and it ran on posted land, you may retrieve it. However, you may not take a firearm or bow with you. The department suggests contacting the landowner as a courtesy prior to entering.
What if the landowner says I cannot retrieve a deer from posted land that was shot on land where I had a right to be? Contact a game warden.
Can I drive off a trail on private land to retrieve a deer? Unless prohibited by a landowner or operator, you may drive off-trail on private land once a deer has been killed and properly tagged. You must proceed to the carcass by the shortest accessible route, and return to the road or trail by the same route. However, off-trail driving is prohibited in all circumstances on state wildlife management areas, Bureau of Land Management lands, national wildlife refuges, national grasslands, federal waterfowl production areas and state school land.
Can I transport someone else’s deer? Yes, but you will need a transportation permit from a game warden. The license holder, person transporting the animal, and the carcass must be presented to the game warden before the permit is issued.
What if I am going to take my deer head to a taxidermist and meat to a butcher shop? How do I keep the tag with it all? The tag should remain with the head and the carcass tag should remain with the meat.
May I carry a pistol when I am hunting with a deer rifle? Yes, but the handgun must meet minimum requirements listed in the deer hunting regulations to be legal for taking deer.
Can I use a bow to fill my regular deer gun license? Yes. You may use any legal firearm or bow during the regular deer gun season.
Can I carry both bow and gun afield during deer gun season if I have both licenses? Yes, but only if you are going to fill your gun license. No firearms, except handguns, may be in the hunterâ€™s possession while hunting with a deer bow license. However, handguns may not be used in any manner to assist in the harvest of a deer with an archery license.
What licenses do I need to hunt on an Indian reservation and whose rules do I follow? If you will be hunting within the reservation and hunting exclusively on Indian lands, only a reservation license is required and tribal regulations apply. If you will be hunting on land owned in fee-title by a non-Indian within the reservation, a state license is required and all state laws, licenses and regulations apply.